Solution offered to KTM despite a bid for a fifth bike being bluntly rejected

Solution offered to KTM despite a bid for a fifth bike being bluntly rejected
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Solution offered to KTM despite a bid for a fifth bike being bluntly rejected

In the 2024 MotoGP rider line-up, Jack Miller, Brad Binder, Pol Espargaro, Augusto Fernandez, and Pedro Acosta are contracted for premier class seats. However, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta has denied KTM’s request for a fifth bike next season. He explained that there are no more bikes available because the current system with independent teams is functioning well. Ezpeleta suggested that KTM can solve this by using one of their five riders as a reserve, similar to a football team having a player on the bench. He also proposed increasing the number of wild card entries, which would keep all riders busy and provide opportunities for the reserve rider to gain racing experience. With injuries being common in MotoGP this season, the reserve rider could potentially participate in half a season or more, depending on the extent of injuries. KTM now needs to decide which of their five riders to assign to this reserve role.

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Source: Crash.net

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